Beauty salon attack deemed racist

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Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A beauty salon owned by a Polish woman has been set on fire in the latest of a spate of attacks on foreign nationals in Belfast.

Police said the business on the junction of Castlereagh Street and the Beersbridge Road in the east of the city was extensively damaged in the arson attack.

Detectives are treating the incident as a racially motivated hate crime.

The shutters were pulled down on the salon this morning, shielding signs of the damage inside.

PSNI Detective Inspector Jenna Fitzpatrick said: “Shortly before midnight police received a report that a group of males had set the premises on fire. It is believed that the shutters on the premises were forced up and an accelerant poured inside and then set alight.

“It is believed that the males may have fled the scene in a black 4 x 4 type vehicle.

“The premises were extensively damaged by the fire and smoke.

“There was no one in the premises at the time of the incident.”

Last week three houses occupied by Polish people were attacked in the same street in north Belfast.

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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